So a lot of old timey rock critics are getting irritable over the nominees for this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but San Francisco Chronicle senior pop crit Joel Selvin is just left tired by them, too tired to even bother voting. Are this year’s nominees really so enervating?
Afrika Bambaataa: Hip-Hop Hall of Fame, maybe.
Beastie Boys: See above.
Chic: A one-hit disco band?
Leonard Cohen: Nobody admires Cohen more than I do, but I don’t think of him as having had a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career.
Dave Clark Five: Not really in the same league with the Beatles, Stones, etc.
Madonna: The only nominee who probably deserves the honor, but I have no enthusiasm for her candidacy.
John Mellencamp: He’s like a solid shortstop who had a long, productive career without ever winning a batting championship or home run title. Never hit the long ball.
Donna Summer: See Chic.
The Ventures: Uh, no … not really.
Maybe I’m just a weirdo “whose musical education began in the ’80s,” but I guess I tend to think of Chic as “one of the most influential production/songwriting teams of the late ’70s/early ’80s” rather than a “one-hit disco band.” Also maybe someone needs to noogie this dude for Nile Rodgers?
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Offers Lackluster Candidates [SF Chronicle]